How much is Dwight Howard worth?
|Net Worth:||$145 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Basketball Player|
|Date of Birth:||December 8, 1985|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Dwight Howard
Dwight David Howard II is an NBA professional basketball player currently under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard is considered to be among the top players of his profession. Dwight Howard was born in 1985 in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born “a miracle child” as his mom, unfortunately, suffered numerous miscarriages before his birth. He plays center and has been part of the NBA since 2004. Upon graduating from high school at the Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, he elected not to attend college and headed straight for the NBA draft.
As of 2020, his net worth is valued at about $145 million, with the vast majority of his net worth accumulated from his professional NBA career, often changing contracts with different teams. He has 5 children, from different relationships. Over the years, his children have been the subject of custody and other legal tussles with his exes, especially his first child Braylon. In his 16 years of playing professionally, he has broken new records over and over again, even his own personal bests. Howard has been an exemplary basketball player, but how did he get so rich and famous?
What makes him so successful?
Dwight Howard was raised with a certain advantage in the sport of basketball. His father used to be a state-level basketball player while his mother was a player for her college basketball team. The guidance he had from both his parents helped hone his basketball skills as he grew. He played basketball throughout his junior school years and into high school. For Dwight Howard, basketball has been a major component of his life since he was 9 years old. The early exposure to basketball, encouragement and support from parents who played the same sport helped shape him into a highly skilled player much earlier than most players get the opportunity to.
In his professional life, Howard was known to have dramatic clashes with his teammates and opposition players. Publicity of his clashes with other NBA Stars was widely reported in the media, with Kevin Garnett headbutting him during a game being one of the most controversial moments of his career. Teammates and other star players often complained that Howard was continuously boasting about the accolades he had won and there was often personality clashes between them. However, in the world of professional sports, likeability is only one part of it, how a player contributes to the game is where the money is.
Dwight Howard continues to play professional basketball with Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and the rest of the Lakers team.
How did Dwight Howard get so rich?
Professional athletes are known to sign onto extremely high-value contracts, especially if a player was an All-Star player or an NBA All-Star honoree, and for Dwight Howard, he was no exception. As a star NBA player and a man of many great basketball achievements, in his first NBA season, his starting salary was roughly $4.2 million dollars. This continued to rise to the highest pay grade of $23.5 million dollars in his 2017-2018 season with the Charlotte Hornets.
During his career from 2004 to 2020, his total earnings from the NBA have been estimated to be as much as $238 million dollars. His continued success and reputation from his time on Orlando Magic’s have also won him new prospects. Teams increased their proposed contracts for him, raising them by the millions for him to play on their team. While his income from basketball makes up the lion share of his net worth, he has dabbled in other opportunities, such as his partnership deal with Chinese shoe brand Peak Sports to promote signature Dwight Howard shoes. He has partnered with the brand since 2014 and has just released their 4th signature shoe collaboration.
Why is he so famous?
At the start of Howard’s NBA career, he established himself as a star player on the Orlando Magic team. As the Orlando Magic team was recovering from a previous season of troubling stats, this new player set himself apart by setting several NBA records during his first year alone. On the Magics Howard set records such as being the youngest player ever in NBA history to score 20 rebounds in one game and play in all games in his first 3 seasons as a player.
Even before entering the NBA, he set himself apart from other high school basketball players by being titled the best American high school player of his class. Not only did he start off strong in the first year of his NBA career, but he also continued to grow and improve as he continued to play; earning him a higher rebound score his second year at 12.5 rebound average which broke his previous record of 12 rebounding average.
It is amazing to create a new record in only his first year but to also break that and make a new record the following year, confirms that he’s definitely earned his fame and stripes. All these achievements, as well as the ones he earned later on in his profession, is what set him apart from other players and earned him such fame, recognition and money.
Dwight Howard dedicated his life and his time to basketball, from a very early age to today, and his hard work and perseverance resulted in great fame, recognition and fortune. His livelihood and lifestyle are centered around his career. Everything he does is directly influenced by basketball. His fame, his money, his personal life, have all been contributed to by basketball.
Dwight Howard had the right environment when growing up to be successful, the perfect opening performances playing his debut year to become famous, and a string of great years during which teams courted him with high paying contracts.